By May “Mosaic” Advincula, Editor-in-chief
Lillie “Ivory” Madali is an alumna from the University of Georgia’s Iota class. She currently works as an Operations Coordinator at Endeavor Telecom in Atlanta and serves as the National Board Vice President of External Affairs.
As External Vice President, she is responsible for overseeing sorority endeavors in expansion, public relations and alumnae relations.
In this Q&A, Madali discusses how being involved with National Board allows her to use her previous experience to help the sorority continue to progress.
-What inspired you to be involved with National Board?
“When I graduated, I wanted to give back to the community in a creative way, and I wanted to work to find a job that I loved. The position of VP External was perfect for me. I am allowed to create publications and form marketing plans any way I wish. It’s my dream occupation.”
-What has helped prepare you to handle the responsibilities of your position?
“Having a positive attitude, a strong work ethic and a will to keep moving forward all help me handle
my day-to-day responsibilities and keep me going in the long term. Experiences from working as a
Marketing Assistant for various nonprofits and my present work help me approach my work with a new perspective. I read a lot of books and blogs about nonprofit marketing to keep us up-to-date and effective.”
-What do you find to be the most rewarding aspect of your position?
“I love that I get to volunteer in a capacity where I’m skilled and have the ability to make creative decisions. I love that I get to work for a values-based organization that serves to empower women. I also love that I get to work with my sisters.”
-What do you find to be most challenging aspect of your position?
“Finding the time to balance everything. I still hold a full-time position in addition to [my position on NB]. Balancing my family and work in addition to my sorority position can make life difficult to manage, but everything is worth it.”
-Who/What is your inspiration?
“I have a lot of inspirations: movies, I watch a lot of biopics. I also love looking at art and new experiences like traveling to new places. I am writing from Australia right now and I love the culture, it’s very laid-back and everything is just new to me.”
-What do you hope to accomplish in your term?
“To build a community of supporters for the sorority (alumnae, undergraduates and interests) by increasing awareness of our mission and current events through creating avenues for listening and keeping in touch through print/digital/mobile media, by Convention 2011.”
-What advice would you give sisters who aspire to be a part of NB one day?
“I find that the sisters that contribute the most to the board are those that are able to bring with them great life and work experiences. These experiences help us confront new situations and develop our existing programming. A lot of the things we do are works in progress; we feed off each others’ feedback and discussion. Being on National Board is a very rewarding experience because you get to take part in helping the sorority grow and as a result, we are getting noticed by many different people and recognizing our sorority for the things that we did. We need sisters to continue to give back and let us learn from their experiences to continue to expand and develop.”